"You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your word.” -Ps 119:114 (Photo by Ali Kazal on Unsplash.)
Twenty-one weeks have flown by in 2022. How are you doing on your resolution to read the Bible daily?
The Bible Recap is here to help! It’s a short daily podcast (~8 minutes) hosted by Tara-Leigh Cobble. This will be her 10th time reading through the Bible chronologically, and she’ll highlight and summarize that day’s Bible reading in a casual, easy-to-understand way. The Bible Recap will not only help you read scripture but help you love reading it! Each day you’ll read the assigned reading then tune in to The Bible Recap each day after you’ve finished reading. Check it out! www.TheBibleRecap.com. What tools do you use to stay active in your Bible reading? read more…
Looking for a secure messaging system to contact family, friends, missionary partners around the world? What about Telegram? Telegram is a cloud-based mobile and desktop messaging app with a focus on security and speed. Unlike some messaging platforms, Telegram is a cloud-based messenger with seamless sync. As a result, you can access your messages from several devices at once, including tablets and computers.
Thanks to Telegram’s multi-data center infrastructure and encryption, it is fast and secure. On top of that, Telegram boasts that private messaging on Telegram is free and will stay free — no ads, no subscription fees, forever.
Telegram’s API and code are open, and developers are welcome to create their own Telegram apps. They also have a platform for developers that allows anyone to easily build specialized tools for Telegram and even accept payments from users around the world. What messaging system do you prefer? www.telegram.org/ read more…
Counting the Cost is the theme for this year’s Missio Nexus annual gathering. “For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?” –Luke 14:2.
At this year’s annual event, Missio Nexus is hosting two conferences: the annual Mission Leaders Conference and the inaugural National Church Mission Leaders Conference. The conference will take place September 28 – 30, 2022 in Orlando, Florida. Register before June 17 for a discounted price. www.missionexus.org
Thrive is excited to host a retreat in the United States for women who live and minister overseas. Their Colorado Retreat is June 28 – July 1 in Beaver Creek, Colorado. The cost is a $150 USD registration fee and transportation expenses to and from the retreat. Retreat attendees must be full-time, support-based, cross-cultural workers from the US and Canada and currently living overseas. For more information go to www.ThriveMinistry.org.
Azmera.net is hosting 5 life-changing Haven Retreats around the globe annually. These retreats are designed to encourage, honor, and refresh English-speaking women serving overseas. They welcome women from various nations and their local teammates. They also welcome other expats (full-time vocational workers employed by embassies, companies, military, etc.). Check it out!
When you are in the jungle delivering Good News and water filters to the people who could use both, there is sure to be resistance. But fighting mosquitoes can certainly get in the way! Has anyone used the app, Anti Mosquito Repellent Sound? Supposedly it aims to help you to fight against annoying mosquitoes with low frequency sounds. It is an app which is completely free. Try it out at your next family barbeque and let us know how it works out for you. Other tips? Please comment.
Do you want to learn Spanish or French? Check out https://www.theulat.com/. The award-winning ULAT Spanish and French program is a three-year language program based on the Natural Language Acquisition Sequence. It imitates the natural means by which one learns one’s native language, first laying a strong oral foundation to ensure that students actually learn to speak their new language, before moving on to elementary reading and then finally to writing. You can try out the first 15 lessons for free. What do you use to learn other languages? read more…
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This past week, I (Doug) was pondering some of the various groups that have challenged us to “finish the task.” There’s (speaking of which) “Finishing the Task” ( https://finishingthetask.com/ ) and 24:14 ( https://2414now.net/ ). Those who have been around a longer while might even remember back to AD2000 & Beyond ( https://www.ad2000.org/ ) and, of course, Adopt-a-People ( https://www.missionfrontiers.org/issue/article/adopt-a-people-the-global-strategy-to-reach-all-of-the-unreached-peoples ). There’s “A Third of Us” ( https://athirdofus.com/ ) — and now, even, “Finish 2030” ( https://finish2030.com/ ). All of these campaigns have one goal in common: Fulfill the commands that Christ gave so long ago, summed up in Great Commission passages like Matthew 28:19-20. So we have several questions:
- Which campaign helped you or your church/group to get up and get moving the most? In what way did you respond?
- Is the idea of a campaign even a sound one in the first place? …or is it misguided?
- What’s the perfect idea for such a campaign, in your mind? How might we motivate churches and organizations to press forward?
It does seem like churches and groups have been moving toward fulfillment more in the past half-century, right? I mean… think about it…. Some of our readers probably remember the first Lausanne Conference (in Lausanne, Switzerland). I mean… we’re just two years away from the 50-year anniversary, right? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_International_Congress_on_World_Evangelization . It was at that conference — and the one before it, in Amsterdam ( https://billygrahamlibrary.org/amsterdam-1986-banner/ ) — in which world evangelism kick-started again in our day, right? In Lausanne, Ralph Winter introduced “hidden peoples” and — everybody was completely bowled over. Can you imagine… 48 years later… that missions has picked up this kind of steam?
What was the deciding moment for your organization or church? Where can we go tomorrow? We’d love to hear. Just click… Comment.